It’s summer and you know what that means, excessive heat and higher risks of sunburn. According to the U.S. EPA, sunburns intensify the lifetime risk of contracting skin cancer, specifically for children. The Environmental Protection Agency discourages tanning of all sorts due to their contributions to skin cancer and wrinkling of the skin. Try to stay in the shade because the sun’s UV rays are at their strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Be sure to apply an abundance of sunscreen, especially when visiting the beach. UV rays reflect off water and sand increasing the risk of sunburn. For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/.
(Written by August Mack Intern Darnell Bland Jr.)